Reckless (2014) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Joram Lürsen
Starring: Tygo Gernandt, Marwan Kenzari, Sarah Chronis
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Artsploitation Films
Everyone’s heard of inferior American remakes of European films, but this is a real twist: a superior European (Dutch) remake of an English-language (British) film that even improves on the original! RECKLESS [BLOEDLINK] is a riveting retelling of a story first explored in the 2009 thriller THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED, but director Joram Lürsen’s new version is even more stylish, sexually charged, and tightly wound than its source of inspiration. Laura Temming wakes up to find herself bound to a bed in a sound-insulated vacant apartment. Two masked men strip the clothes from her body, place her in a track suit, and take photos that will be used to obtain ransom money from Laura s wealthy father. As the clock ticks, Laura discovers that she may have a relationship with one of the kidnappers that she never expected…and that the two men may have a relationship with each other that no one could have expected. With more twists than one could imagine, RECKLESS is ingeniously seductive. NOTE: Dutch language with English subtitles.
I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I sit-down to watch Reckless, but what I got was better than I expected and I’ll just make that clear up-front here. What you end up with here is a love story in the heart of things, but it is a love story to which we very seldom see, because it has such a dark tone to it that the idea of what is causing all of the drama gets lost somewhere in the translation. Still, the story is what it is and what it is makes for a very interesting movie that you don’t want to leave your TV without pausing it because you are worried you will miss another twist or some key bit of information. The story is one that does require attention, but the cast does what needs to be done in order to keep you watching. I wasn’t ever sure where the movie was going and I was actually shocked by some of the directions it took, which makes for a lot of fun when you’ve already seen just about all there is to see in movies these days and watch as many per week as I do.
Of course this is a remake of The Disappearance of Alice Creed, which from what I hear doesn’t nail things down as well as this one does. Still, if you’ve seen that you might know more about to expect, but if you haven’t I have to think going into this one blind will make for a very good first viewing. The thing that is so well done here is the movie will keep you guessing one just who is really involved with what is going on for what reason. Which is something you don’t really even truly figure out until the end. I know some folks aren’t about subtitles, but even if not, I think you can find something to enjoy here in this tense thriller. It isn’t really horror, but it is really good storytelling and very well made. I’d certainly suggest everyone check it out.